Montane or Mountain Spotted Skipper
(previously known as Hesperilla perornata)
TRAPEZITINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
This Caterpillar is green with black dots and a dark dorsal line. Its head is pale brown with a dark line. It lives by day in a shelter made from blades of grass curled and joined with silk, and feeds at night. It has been found feeding only on:
It pupates in its larval shelter.
The upper side of the adult butterfly is dark brown with a number of pale yellow spots on each forewing, and a pale yellow band on each hindwing. Each wing also has a narrow chequered border.
Underneath, the forewings are dark brown with pale yellow patches, and the hindwings are white with arcs of dark brown spots. The wing span is about 3 cms.
The eggs are pale yellow and are dome-shaped. with a diameter of about 2 mm. They are laid singly on the underside of leaves of a foodplant.
The species is found in the mountains of
Further reading :
William Forsell Kirby,
Descriptions of new Australian Hesperiidae,
Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
Series 6, Volume 12 (1893), p. 437.
(updated 25 July 2004, 28 September 2013, 30 May 2020, 13 September 2021)